Thursday, December 17, 2009

Remarkable Year for Property Owners

InsideStory readers this is it for 2010. It has been a remarkable year for property owners with an unprecedented market turnaround creating sustainable growth. The Top End returned and we believe it will be solid throughout 2010, with much that was lost in the last quarter of 2008 clawed back over 2009.

In less than two weeks the First Home Owners Boost finishes and in the new year interest rates are set to head north further with many predicting a 0.5% rise in February. 2010 will see the return of the investor, a softening of the bottom end of the market and the pressure return to rentals. We will see some first home owners sell up, resulting in unhappiness in that market as opportunist investors flex their muscles.

Price sensitivity has been one of the standout features of this busy year Ð properties that were not priced correctly have not sold. The oversupply of properties in spring did not eventuate as sales were fast and furious, yet not ‘boom like’. Buyers may have less choice in the marketplace than this time last year, but they are showing great restraint even when faced with competition for the purchase. Off market sales have returned, multiple offers are again a feature of the market and with some spectacular exceptions, auctions are being strongly supported but considered.

This is the last weekend of opens for 2009. Selling now will be via online and from our VirtualAgent selling system, where we have 10,000 registered buyers waiting for the ideal home (buyers MUST register, log onto

Hot off the press... our 2010 properties are being showcased in full colour in our brand new Toop Weekly magazine! We have taken this publication to a whole new level with a new format, so be sure to pick up our bumper holiday edition... we hope you absolutely love it! Toop Weekly is available from all of our offices and our sales team.

Be sure to visit to watch some of our incredible interviews of 2009 and view many of SA’s Finest homes. Next Wednesday we have a Christmas edition going to air live and interactive with a special “on the red carpet” segment, capturing interviews with party goers... don’t miss it. We’ll be back live mid January with a fabulous line up for the year.

To all our clients, customers, friends, family and staff have a wonderful Christmas, and a safe and Happy New Year. Thank you so much for the loyalty and support you have shown Toop&Toop again this year, it is important to us and greatly appreciated.

Anthony Toop, Managing Director.

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